Pediatric Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Department of Pediatrics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee formed in June of 2020 to guide the Department’s efforts in increasing diversity and equity among faculty, trainees and staff, and providing a more inclusive environment to educate, discover, and heal. The committee seeks to foster advocacy and allyship within the program, institution, and region by committing itself to promoting health and wellness through innovation in education, research, and patient care.


We express our commitment to diversity by:

·       Recruiting and training a diverse Pediatric Housestaff and Pediatric Subspecialty Fellows

·       Recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff

·       Fostering an environment of inclusion and respect while promoting open dialogue and communication

·       Providing an educational curriculum that focuses on diversity and inclusion as well as health promotion, health equity, and social determinants of health. 

·       Encouraging and supporting culturally relevant scholarly activities, that acknowledge and respect systems of healing that emerge from different traditions, and providing a culturally humble, inclusive, and respectful environment.

·       Delivering culturally relevant and respectful care to all patients


Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our educational, research, and clinical missions.  We value the diversity of our staff, faculty, and trainees, and are committed to maintaining a respectful and inclusive environment in which all feel accepted, safe, empowered, and supported to reach their full potential.  We believe that all children must grow and develop in a world that prizes their individual dignity and does not create systemic barriers that impede their success. Our goal is to provide high-quality healthcare to our patients, their families, and the community, across all intersections of identity from race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and many other dimensions, reflecting the diversity and richness of culture of Tucson and Southern Arizona.  We will strive to be leaders in our equity and inclusion efforts and to create a learning and work environment where everyone can use their distinct skills and talents to make a difference in our community and beyond. 

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service. 

Reporting Discrimination

Anyone who experiences or is aware of discriminatory conduct is urged to report the concern without delay. The Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy strictly prohibits retaliation of any kind against an individual based on reporting a discrimination concern or participating in a resulting investigation.

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Please view the UArizona College of Medicine for more DEI efforts Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion



Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship 2022

Scholarship Goals:

Encourage students who self-identify with groups who are underrepresented in medicine to consider residency at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine Tucson
Promote student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine
Provide mentoring and networking for students who identify as underrepresented in medicine
Provide a stipend of up to $1,500 to help offset cost of housing and travel

Who Should Apply:

The Scholarship is open to applicants who have applied to a Pediatric Visiting Student Rotation in VSAS at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and who self-identify as under-represented in medicine. 
All applicants must be a 4th year medical student in good standing at an accredited U.S allopathic/osteopathic medical school and must have completed all required clerkships through their home institution prior to beginning their visiting student elective. 

 Should you wish to apply for this opportunity, please follow the “How to Apply” instructions below. Applying for this scholarship does not increase your chances of being accepted into a visiting student rotation spot, but should you be accepted it will help offset your incurred costs.  We will review the applications for the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship” applications in conjunction with VSAS applications.

How To Apply:

The following documents must be submitted to the Pediatric Medical Student Education office (please attach all documents to one email and send to

  • Application form (request from )
  • Brief statement (500 word limit) that describes interest in attending the University of Arizona, explains how student views themself as underrepresented in medicine and demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • One letter of recommendation from a clinical faculty member
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of good standing from medical school
  • Official medical school transcript